Playoff recap – March 4

Nick Poisson scored twice in the second period, including the game-winner, to lift the Prince George Spruce Kings to a 5-2 road win over the Coquitlam Express that puts PG up 3-0 in their best-of-seven series.

Chong Min Lee opened the scoring in the first for the Spruce Kings but Alex DiPaolo replied for the Express shortly after. Poisson got his first of the night at 7:02 of the middle frame but once again, Coquitlam responded with Dallas Farrell doing the damage. Poisson’s second of the period came with just 63 seconds remaining in the second period and proved to be the difference.

Layton Ahac provided the insurance marker in the third period while Liam Watson-Brawn added an empty-net goal. Game 4 of the series goes Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Coquitlam.

The Langley Rivermen got four goals from Mark Gallant and have pushed the league’s No. 1 overall seed Chilliwack Chiefs to the brink of elimination with a 5-0 decision on home ice. Gallant tallied his first two of the game in the first period and that was followed by a CJ Wallack marker to make it 3-0 after 20 minutes. Nolan Hildebrand replaced Daniel Chenard in the Chiefs net for the second period but Gallant scored twice more in the middle frame and that would be all the scoring. Langley fired 41 shots on the Chiefs goal while Braedon Fleming made 19 stops for the shutout. Game 4 goes Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. in Langley.

Ben Sanderson’s goal at 9:58 of overtime gave the Vernon Vipers a 2-1 victory on the road over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. After a scoreless first, Jack Judson got the Vipers on the board in the second on a man advantage. That was the only scoring until Justin Wilson tied the game midway through the third, setting the stage for a second-straight OT game in the series. Sanderson, who had five goals in 28 regular-season games, tallied his first of the playoffs to clinch the win for Vernon. Game 4 is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Salmon Arm.

Neal Samanski scored twice on the power play to give the Powell River Kings a 3-1 victory over the host Nanaimo Clippers. Gunnar Wegleitner opened the scoring for the Clips but not long after, Samanski struck for his first of the night. It was nearing the midway point of the second when Samanski tallied again, this time as the Nanaimo penalty was almost set to expire. Levi Glasman added the insurance for the Kings and the third was scoreless. Mitch Adamyk made 20 saves for the win. Game 4 of the series goes Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Nanaimo.